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Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures.
19 Jul 2019
"Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures."
Malaysia to decriminalise drug use, says health minister
5 Jul 2019
Malaysia has some of the world's most punitive drug policies, but the new government is reviewing the approach.
Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users' Lives
3 Jul 2019
Facebook appears to be blocking people who warn users about poisonous batches of drugs or who supply materials used to test for fentanyl.
HIV Is Spreading in West Virginia. The Solution Is in Short Supply
2 Jul 2019
Since the beginning of 2018, 55 new cases of HIV have been reported in Cabell County, which includes Huntington, according to state health officials. Nearly all of the infections were transmitted through injection drug use. Previously, the county averaged eight cases a year.
A Pitiful Sanctuary
26 Jun 2019
I never anticipated spending so much of my clinical time in bathrooms. But drug overdose is the leading cause of death among the homeless individuals I take care of at a health center in Boston
Malaysians paid over half a billion ringgit to jail drug users in 2017
18 Jun 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — The government spent over half a billion ringgit to jail minor drug offenders just in 2017 alone and over RM200 million more to arrest and house addicts in state-run rehabilitation centres the same year, a drug law reform forum was told.
Ending the ‘war on drugs’ requires justice for the impoverished communities who grow them
18 Jun 2019
The drugs trade is often portrayed as populated by wealthy individuals. The reality is poor communities targeted for repression, criminalisation and even the death penalty.
The Next US President Can Cut Incarceration Rates in Half
6 Jun 2019
On any given night in the United States, more than 2.2 million people go to sleep behind bars in prisons and jails. People cycle in and out of jail more than 10 million times a year.
Irish and overseas addiction doctors rebut Cannabis Risk Alliance letter & call for drug decriminalisation
5 Jun 2019
They're urging Minister Catherine Byrne and the government to "adopt a health-led, rather than criminal justice, approach to this problem"
JUSTICE MINISTER RONALD LAMOLA TO GO AFTER DRUG DEALERS, USERS
4 Jun 2019
Lamola said one of his priorities will be to make sure drug dealers and abusers are prosecuted to clean the streets.
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